Nigeria’s Quagmire And Okey Ndibe’s Dilemma

By Remi Oyeyemi

“We have to bring this system down completely and rebuild…Destroy it…Crash the whole thing. It is not working for Nigeria, it will not work for Nigeria.”
                                                                                          – Dr. Pat Utomi

One has just read the piece by Okey Ndibe entitled  “Time To Destroy The Nigerian Temple?” published on several websites on March 29, 2011. His piece seemed to be a reaction to the interview granted by the respected Dr. Pat Utomi as well as the position of his friend living in South Africa who accused him of “taking a failed entity seriously, much like a man who unduly obsesses over a corpse.” The piece also suggested that Professor Ndibe, apart from the pressure from his friend and others who consider Nigeria a “corpse,” is encountering some reality checks about the Nigeria’s quagmire as a country that seemed destined to fail, and woefully too.
One of the major challenges of social critics and commentators is the intellectual responsibility they have to ensure that their positions on issues could withstand the rigors of dissection and analysis in relation to objective facts. A corollary to this challenge is the fact that they (social critics and commentators) owe the public the obligation of being a compass guiding the rest away from the rubble of confusion to a path of clarity that the society can tread for the good of the majority, if not for the good of all.
With the title given to the piece in question, it was implied that Professor Ndibe probably was in the process of reassessing the feasibility of his belief in the possible resuscitation of the “corpse” of a country that Nigeria has unarguably become, at least from one’s perspective. He seemed to be at a cross road as to whether Nigeria could or would ever make it? It was obvious that he was no longer sure whether the Christ like miracle of raising the dead could ever be possible in Nigeria’s case. But going through the body of the article, his resistance to what he referred to as “radical and commonsensical” solution was very palpable, thus proving right his South African friend as “a man who unduly obsesses over a corpse” that Nigeria is. He further underscored his dilemma when he wrote inter alia:
“There is, one must admit, something that strikes a chord in that reprimand. The givennes of Nigeria is suspect. Indeed, I have never viewed Nigeria as a sacrosanct idea, or a settled question. Nor – to balance the sheet – do I subscribe to the omnibus idea that the answer to Nigeria’s troubles lies in dividing up the space into separate nations corresponding to ethnic or other lines.”
In one breath, he was admitting that “The givenness of Nigeria is suspect.” He even insisted that he has “never viewed Nigeria as a sacrosanct idea, or a settled question.” If this were true, as he would want his readers to belief, why is it that he would be unwilling to consider the break-up of Nigeria as a possible option or, at least accept the need for serious restructuring that would give the various ethnic nations a sense of being in control of their destinies? In another breath he felt it necessary to “balance the sheet” by making it clear that he did not “subscribe to the omnibus idea that the answer to Nigeria’s trouble lies in dividing up the space into separate nations corresponding to ethnic or other lines.”
It was one’s former tutor at the Great University of Ife, the radical historian, Dr. Segun Osoba who contended that “it is a sign of bankruptcy to sit on the fence” in matters deserving of clarity of position. One seriously hesitates to describe Professor Ndibe’s ambiguity on this serious issue as “a sign of bankruptcy,” especially being someone one respects and admires, but it seems there is no other way to put it in this context. One finds it intellectually interesting that Professor Ndibe was neither here nor there on this issue of breaking up Nigeria, but it was disappointing that he was not able to come up with an alternative idea that could guide Nigeria to be a place which all would be proud to call one’s country. Eventually, Professor Ndibe ended up being “lazier” than the “partisans” he was taking a shot at when he wrote inter alia:
“The case for balkanization is often pushed by partisans who contend, rather lazily and with little or no proof, that virtue inherently resides in the DNA of their ethnic stock.”
At least, the “partisans,” one of which is this writer, have a position that has been properly articulated - a position that has been explained in several essays as to how it was arrived at and why it was taken. The least expected of Professor Ndibe is for him to intellectually engage this issue, come up with what he considered the alternative solutions to what others have suggested, rather than calling others “lazy.” By taking this path, he would not only have done the latter day Nigerian nationalists a big favour, he would also have successfully exposed the fallacy of the position of “partisans” like this writer who are advocating for the break up of the terminally diseased country.  This would engender further debate, more education and bring crystal clarity on what to do with the “corpse” that Nigeria is.
The “partisans” referred to by Professor Ndibe have never at any time claimed that “virtue inherently resides in the DNA of their ethnic stock.”  But these “partisans” have been able to properly analyze that if it were not for the Nigerian miasma, some of the vices and their protagonists in the Nigerian setting would not have been able to thrive. The battle waged by Professor Ndibe against Andy Ubah is still very fresh in the minds of his readers. But Professor Ndibe could not deny the obvious fact that if it was not for the nauseating umbrella of the decadent Nigerian State, frauds like Andy Ubah would be rotting somewhere. To refuse to accept the obvious fact that Nigeria is serving as an incubator for moral decadents, fiscal rascals, political charlatans, religious rogues and social scoundrels is to be intellectually dishonest. What other evidence could be needed after the celebration of the ex-convict Bode George by the stakeholders of the Nigerian State?
A proper analysis of the Nigerian political trajectory since independence would show that the Southwest of Nigeria, peopled by the Yoruba race resiliently resisted the corrupt and visionless Nigerian state since 1960. The Action Group political party that was representing them was in the opposition at the Federal Parliament. It was the attempt to undermine Action Group’s principled resistance to a feudalized country that led to the fall of the first republic and forced the military boys to take over. The same happened in the second republic when the Yoruba Nation represented by the Unity Party of Nigeria(UPN), refused to join with the feudalistic, corrupt, inept, profligate, visionless National Party of Nigeria (NPN)to loot the country and bring it further down the drain. Under the military rules, the Yoruba Nation, more than any other ethnic Nation in Nigeria produced several principled voices in opposition to the crooked behemoth called Nigeria.
The Nigerian State through its civilian and military stakeholders waged series of wars against the mainstream Yoruba politicians because the Yoruba politicians would not descend to the low suggested to them. The culmination of these wars was in the aftermath of the June 12 Election crisis, when the rest of Nigeria appropriated the renegades of the Yoruba race to give a semblance of “national character” to the miasma and malaise. They forcefully imposed Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the rest of us. At least this way, it could be claimed that the Yoruba Nation was an active participant in the looting and the pillaging of Nigeria. But everyone knows that things would have been definitively different if the maintream Yoruba Nation has a say in the matters.
It is on record that it was mainly in the Southwest of Nigeria that the PDP was soundly rejected as part of the age long resistance to corrupt political system that Nigeria incubates. The rejection of Obasanjo in his Ward, Local Government and State during that 1999 exercise was emblematic of the Oodua Nation’s age long resistance to the contaminating Nigerian epidemic of valueless politics.  This remained the case until Obasanjo rigged out the truly elected representative of the Yoruba race in 2003 Elections using the “might” of the Nigerian State. Without the apparatus of the corrupted Nigerian Federal State, Obasanjo would never have been able to accomplish this travesty. He could never have dreamt of this in an Oodua Nation. He would never have been able to install the parasitic satellites of the Nigeria State that invaded the Yoruba nation and bring it to its knees. This is why Obasanjo said that he was willing to die for Nigeria. This is because it is only in Nigeria that his likes could make hay. Other ethnic nations in Nigeria might be able to relate to this in varying degrees.
The unscrupulous stakeholders of Nigerian State have repeatedly rebuked the Yoruba mainstream politicians for refusing to join the “Nigerian mainstream” crooked politics mired in myopia, corruption and fraud. A shady politics with subversion and subjugation of the peoples’ will as its main thrust. It is this kind of situation, improperly dissected and inappropriately contextualized in factual dynamics of the contemporary Nigerian History that could have made it possible for Professor Ndibe to assume that various component ethnic Nations within Nigeria think they could not do better on their own. Or what else could professor Ndibe mean when he asserted that the “partisans” have “little or no proof, that virtue inherently resides in the DNA of their ethnic stock?” By implication, Professor Ndibe was suggesting that vice “inherently resides in the DNA” of all ethnic nationalities in Nigeria. Nothing could be more condescending and offensive as it is incorrect and fallacious.
Professor Ndibe, as erudite as he is, also manifested an embarrassingly insufficient knowledge of History when he wrote the following:
“There’s nothing in Nigeria’s history to sustain the idea that any one ethnic group has demonstrated an impressive and sagacious outlook in the management of their affairs.”
How could anyone of Professor Ndibe’s intellectual status and trajectory write the above quote? What could be his motive for the above statement? Is this deliberate mischief or a mistake? How could any properly tutored average student of contemporary Nigerian History posit that no “one ethnic group has demonstrated an impressive and sagacious outlook in the management of their affairs?” How could Professor Ndibe intellectually sustain this in the face of monumental achievements that time and history have attested to, in the Western Region under Chief Obafemi Awolowo?
Is Professor Ndibe intellectually oblivious of the fact that one of the reasons that the so-called “partisans” like this writer have been advocating for the break up of Nigeria has to do with the fact that the Yoruba Nation has been forced to have delayed development because she is part of the Nigerian malaise? Is he unable to link nostalgic yearnings for the successes of the Yoruba Nations in those years under the leadership of Chief Awolowo to the desire to want to go it alone as a possible independent Oodua Nation or at worst, an autonomous entity within the Nigerian structure? It is on record, that since 1960 when the rights and freedom of the Yoruba Nation to be in complete control of its destiny have been undermined and subsumed under that of the corrupted Nigerian State, the Yoruba have been “no longer at ease” as things continued to “fall apart.” If Professor Ndibe has no intention of being a revisionist, there is no way he could be oblivious of the above in the context of Nigerian history, given his erudition, intellect and knowledge.
When the late Senator from the State of New York, Patrick Moniyan contended that one is always entitled to his own opinions, but not to his won facts, he probably had this following quote by Professor Ndibe in mind. Professor Ndibe posited thus:   
“And then there’s the evidence that things are getting better – however slightly…….. The evidence is that Nigeria is evolving politically. But – in the nature of evolutions – the changes are slow, often imperceptible, sometimes too negligible, and easy to miss.”
The daily facts of the Nigerian life do not support the above. Professor Ndibe could not sustain this position if we are to consider the economic stagnation, the political paralysis, the customization of vices, the commercialization of faith and social turpitude in the country. Add to it the increasing gap between the thieves and the owners of the wealth, complete break down of law and order, the incessant explosion of bombs, killings, arson, kidnappings and maiming. There was no time in the Nigerian History that things have been bleaker than this. Could Professor Ndibe please, point to any time in Nigerian History, save the Civil War period, when things have been worse than this?
Even, if Professor Ndibe was to be believed, did he not think that he contradicted himself on this point when he wrote as follows?
“Besides, even as Nigerian politicians are forced to drop some horrible habits, their diabolical dexterity enables them to acquire new, equally terrible – sometimes worse – habits. One of the new tricks this election season is for governors, often with the collusion of commissioners of police, to declare their states off-limits as campaign turfs to opposition candidates. Such illicit efforts to cripple the opposition has (sic) led to disturbing violence in Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Oyo, Plateau, and other states.”
Professor Ndibe did not isolate any number of “horrible habits” the typical Nigerian politicians have dropped that could be seen as evidence that “things are getting better” even if their “diabolical dexterity enables them to acquire new, equally terrible – sometimes worse – habits.”  How could Professor Ndibe contend that “things are getting better” while insisting at the same time that Nigeria has “been hijacked by some of the most contemptible mediocrities to walk the face of the earth” and become “a country in which convicts assume governorship and other exalted offices.” Until this era of PDP, could Professor Ndibe refresh the memory of his readers when we have had “convicts assume governorship and other exalted offices” in the land?   
One has no problem with those who do not agree that Nigeria should be broken up. They have the right to their views. Just like those of us “partisans,” as in Professor Ndibe’s parlance, have the right to suggest our own views that Nigeria must be broken up. But rather than engage in name calling and intellectual inanities, the modern day Nationalists who believe in oneness of Nigeria should come up with concrete and feasible alternatives to resuscitate the “corpse” of Nigeria. Rather than engage in feel-good grandstanding about vacuous nationalistic mantra that has no bearing in reality to the desires of the ethnic nationalities to have self determination and be in control of their destinies, it would be more productive if they agree to take the case to the ordinary folks of various ethnic nationalities to decide.
One has argued before that the fact that the philosophical world views of ethnic nationalities in Nigeria are different makes it impossible to build a country out of Nigeria. Our expectations were functionally related to the cultural milieus that have been cultivated over a thousand years. This is one of the things that make Nigerian experience different from that of a United States of America. To this end, there is no singular dream to which all “Nigerians” could aspire. By implication, a unifying effort to build a country is seriously negated.
More so, majority of “Nigerians” themselves do not seem to believe in “Nigeria” as a country.  To challenge the validity of this claim, every ethnic nationality should be allowed to conduct a plebiscite to ask its people whether they want Nigeria or not. This way, not just the elites, but the bricklayers, carpenters, mechanics, taxi drivers, teachers, doctors, lawyers, market women, students and other pressure groups would be able to contribute to determining their own destiny. If, they vote “yes” to Nigeria, then how do they want it? If they vote “no” to Nigeria, such an ethnic nationality should be granted its heart’s desire. By so doing, we would be able to prevent the possibility of armed resistance and struggle to the Nigerian State that might inevitably come. This way, we can save millions of innocent men, women and children that might become victims. The spirit of man abhors bondage that Nigeria represents. We ought to listen to the voice of reason in Dr. Pat Utomi before it is too late -  “Crash the whole thing. It is not working for Nigeria, it will not work for Nigeria.”
But our modern day nationalists are anti-people. They sound more like dictators and slave drivers. They are afraid of the people. They are closet democrats. They arrogate to themselves the right to determine the destinies of others. They mouth “democracy’ on the roof tops but work assiduously to hold the rest of us in bondage and subjugation. They are scared stiff that such freedom for the peoples to determine their destinies would jeopardize their ability to plunder the blood tainted loot bequeathed by the decadent “corpse” of the Nigerian State. As far as they are concerned, Nigeria is the best thing that could ever happen to those trapped in the open prison of Nigerian State. They are not even willing to entertain the Sovereign National Conference to discuss Nigeria. All they want is Nigeria at all costs by their own dictation.
Well, they are welcome to make their case(s) for the oneness of Nigeria and let the rest of us hear them out and evaluate their position in comparison to the realities of our lives and choices that might be available. But please, no one should make any effort to deodorize the desolation of the peoples of Nigeria and sugarcoat their deprivation in an attempt to make a case on a discredited platter of NATIONAL UNITY for a “corpse” of a country that Nigeria is. To do so would be less than truthful and candid. It would be utterly unacceptable. Not even from a well liked Professor Okey Ndibe.

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Both Okey Ndibe and Remi

Both Okey Ndibe and Remi Oyeyemi are part of the government in exile because both of them participate in holding meetings and debates in New York. They both lived during the time of Obasanjo in Nigeria. They both know the results of Obasanjo’s eight years of anarchy in Nigeria. YET they both hold diverging views about the fate of Nigeria.

One of them must be a liar and hypocrite, especially in light of the following conditions and realities after 8 years of a Southwestern presidency:

Political Violence: South-West Still Wild West?
Tuesday, 29 March 2011 23:39 Sakin Babalola, Ibadan

In this report, Sakin Babalola recounts the spate of violence across the six states of the South-West geo-political zone and suggests that except the federal government beefs up security, next month’s general polls would be a sham in the zone.

Negative and frightening political developments in the South-Western part of the country are pointers to the fact that the zone , except pro active measures are completed , will explode again during or shortly after the April elections .Thre is no intention to play the prophet of doom here, but based on circumstantial evidence here and there The only way out of this looming political quagmire is a free, fair and credible elections. Any departure from this would be a repeat of the 1965 and 1966 political upheaval of the period with the’’ WETIE ‘’episode, meaning pour petrol on cheats and set them ablaze.
The climax of the 1965 political crisis which resulted to the 1966 military putsch would this time be prevented because of the belief that military government remains an aberration and the military adventurists have been pointedly told to leave civilians to wobble.
From Osun to Ondo, Ekiti, Oyo, Ogun and Lagos States, are stories of woes, tragedies and horror said to have left many casualties from political campaigns and rallies all in the scramble for power.
In most cases, the opposition always fingers the ruling parties as oppressing them while the ruling parties often put up their defences, accusing the opposition of crying wolf where there is nothing. But in reality, in all rumours elements or atoms of truth would exist.
Oyo State
Oyo state in general and Ibadan the state capital in particular, has always been the centre of politics in the South-West. Literary scholar would forgive any hyperbole intended here by describing it as the fulcrum of Nigeria politics. The crisis of 1965 and 1966 started from Ibadan in the then House of Chief. What followed nationwide and the resultant effect was too gory than terms could give out.
Oyo state with the acronym, ‘Pace Setter State’ has the un-enviable record of violence and conflicts. The reasons are both remote and immediate, especially when related to the fourth republic politics. The remote aspect was because of the circumstances under which the incumbent Governor got into power. While the indigenes of Ibadan believed that Alao Akala betrayed their kinsman. Senator Rashidi Ladoja, the way he came in and with the misconception that he was a usurper who should not be allowed to rule for a second time, a section in the same town particularly the beneficiaries of his administration saw it differently. They hinged their argument on the fact that the constitution of the country allowed Alao Akala to be in the saddle at that time.
The immediate reason for the prejudice against Alao Akala was his second term bid, apart from not being an indigene of the town. In essence, the battle in Oyo state politics is between a section of group who regarded his second term bid as an aberration and the sectional sentiment of the non Ibadan people who argued that the entire state is not the exclusive property of Ibadan.
What also fuelled the political violence in the state is the emergence of ‘’sons of the soil’’ as the governorship candidates in most of the dominant parties. Action Congress of Nigeria is fielding Senator Abiola Ajimobi as the governorship candidate; while Accord party has Senator Rashidi Ladoja, ANPP fielded Mr. Ola Morphy and Action Alliance presented Taiwo Otegbeye. Labour Party also preferred an Ibadan man in person of Dr.Azeez Adeduntan. Attempt by Accord party members to impose an Ibadan man as the governorship candidate was rebuffed .The emergence of Barrister Adebayo Shittu, a Shaki man as the governorship candidate of the party was ridiculed by most Ibadan people who alleged that Adebayo Shittu is a ‘’Tebilik’’ man and an Islamic fundamentalist who might impose sharia on Oyo state if given the chance to rule.
Interestingly, there are two factions in the state PDP. A faction is being led by Alao Akala, while the other faction under the leadership of Senator Lekan Balogun and other prominent Ibadan indigenes have resolved to fight it out to a logical end to ensure that Alao Akala lost the gubernatorial bid at all cost.
While the intra party squabble is going on at one angle, with political thugs un-leasing terror on party men, the inter party conflict is becoming more devastating, turning the state to a battle field.
The ACN is seriously engaging the PDP on one hand and its faction is equally attacking it from the other hand. The Accord party is also not left out of the battle to dislodge the government of Alao Akala, as Ladoja is out for his own pound of flesh.
On the day when Alao Akala and his campaign team went to a town in Oke Ogun, thugs of CPC who were leaving a meeting in Iseyin were said to have met the convoy of Alao Akala when the governor had returned to Ogbomoso. They engaged the thugs of PDP in a free for all, leaving a member of the CPC dead and many government vehicles vandalised. The peace of Iseyin was disrupted for days. Self imposed curfew was applied for security reasons. When Alao Akala went to the town for his campaign some days after the violence, people kept indoors, apparently in protest.
Few days after the Iseyin episode was the Ibadn encounter. Thugs of Accord Party and those of PDP clashed at Iyana Church with scores of vehicles burnt down.
Politicians in all the parties are reportedly not helping the situation as they all habour thugs to foment violence. Security operatives attached to these leaders are aware of this.
If the trend persists, according to keen watchers, only God would prevent mayhem in the state capital.
Osun State
The situation in Osun state is equally pathetic, but not as gruesome as that of Oyo State. While the ACN is trying to consolidate itself and striving to endear itself to the hearts of the people, the PDP is bitter because of its belief that the judiciary compromised standard by giving the state to the ACN. These elections, despite the fact that it excludes the governorship race, are still generating a lot of tension.
It is more of war between the progressives and the reactionaries. Definitely, none of the group would want to admit being a reactionary. The coming into power by Aregbesola has obviously changed some things. People believe that the reforms which he began would positively transform the state. And the youths who are living under this optimism see their struggle as a just fight to reject oppression represented by the past regime of Oyinlola which hiked school fees in most of the tertiary institutions in the state.
On Thursday March 23, the dominant parties in the state engaged each other in verbal war .The ACN accused the PDP of being responsible for the elimination of its members in Osogbo, Olorunda,,Boluwaduro, Boripe and Ife local councils. However, the PDP in a swift reaction, accused the ACN of attacking its members in Igbajo,Iresi,Otan Ayegbaju and other towns.
The state scribe of ACN, Elder Adelowo Adebiyi alleged that PDP thugs have been terrorizing his member. On the other hand, the opposition said that the allegation was false Chief Sunday Ojo Williams the state PDP Chairman said that 1000memebers of his party had fled their homes because the. ACN thugs are after their lives.
The brains behind this crisis are the political intolerance of the leaders of the two parties. Both the incumbent governor, Aregbesola and Otunba Iyiola Omisore whose ambition to contest governorship election hit the rocks are said to be keeping an army of thugs called party security aids. The thugs being used by these leaders and others have allegedly sent many people to their early graves. Except the appropriate authorities called the two camps to other, nobody could guarantee peaceful politicking in the state.
Ogun State
For Ogun state, the conflict between the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Governor Gbenga Daniel which began some years ago, reached its crescendo during the party’s primaries. While Obasanjo remains an institution in the ruling party, the fact must not be trivialised that Daniel was the state party leader going by their constitution. According to observers, the rigidity of the two leaders coupled with their vested interest on who becomes what in the state has been responsible for the dwindling fortune of the PDP and its possible collapse.
The emergence of PPN is symbolic of an electoral misfortune of the ruling party serving as a good omen to the ACN which lost power to the PDP in 2003 as a result of filial trust of Olusegun Osoba to Obasanjo.
Apart from the dramatic emergence of PPN in the political landscape of Ogun STATE which is tackling the ailing PDP on one side, the traditional oppositions like the ACN and Labour no matter how microscopic, are also there fighting from the other side.
Some days ago, a vehicle in the convoy of Jide Awosedo the Governorship candidate of Labour party at Ikene Remo Ayepe junction, crushed two Okada riders to death. The vehicles conveying the gadgets to be used by the party men was set ablaze by thugs suspected to be working for Tunji Olurin, the PDP gubernatorial candidate.
Some days ago, Gbenga Daniel courageously declared in the public that he would not support Olurin, adding that the forefathers of those who wanted him jailed would end up in prison Daniel pointed out to those who care to know that the PDP in the state has become shadow of itself. With this type of altercations between the political god father and the son, what is being pronounced could best be described by the biblical analogy, ‘’to your tent O Israel.’’`
There is no denying the fact that the conflict will not be limited to rhetoric when the real elections start.
Ekiti State
The political battle in the state named ‘’fountain of Knowledge’ ’is multi dimensional. Recallling what happened in that state in 1983, the former Ondo State lost notable indigenes like Chief Fagbamigbe, a publisher of repute to the crisis during the attempted rigged election for Chief Akin Omoboriowo of the National Party of Nigeria{NPN}
Since that time, the political sensitivity of the state had taken a dangerous dimension.
Today, politics in this election has taken many spheres. While the newly installed government of Dr. Ayo Fayemi like, his counterpart in Osun, would not allow the power just seized to be snatched from them again, the PDP believed to be a usurper would want to make a point.
We should also not forget the Ayo Fayose guy who would want to be at the Senate if the EFCC had allowed him, his expected victory in his senatorial zone notwithstanding.
In the middle of March, two supporters of PDP identified as Ayo Kehinde Faluyi and Michael Ipindola were killed in Ado Ekiti. The PDP fingered people who they said disguised in police uniforms to kill their members, alleging that they were ACN thugs. While Chief Olu Ojo, the state PDP Chairman alleged that the killers were ACN thugs, a chieftain of ACN denied the allegation outrightly. The fact remains that lives were lost in the incident.
Ondo State
The political injury inflicted on the Peoples Democratic Party in the state will take time to heal. Labour Party which also benefited from the hope restored in the judiciary equally treasured its victory and would go to any extent to protect its interest. Believers in chop and I chop politics have quickly decamped to the Labour party and decided to enjoy their own dividends of democracy.
The fight to finish battle for power in the next dispensation has equally started. On March 23 or thereabout, three people were shot dead in Obanla area with four people injured in Iro, during a clash between supporters of PDP and Labour Party .at a campaign rally. The PDP candidate for Akure South/ Akure North federal constituency, Mr. Adedayo Omolafe had to call off his campaigns slated for Akure to avoid escalation of the crisis .This was a signal for a more serious violence if this type of ugly trend was not arrested on time.
Lagos State
The centre of Excellence has been relatively peaceful, perhaps, due to purposeful government in the saddle there .The past violence which was caused by the activities of the underworld men has been effectively checkmated with the security operatives put on ground with their numberless Armoured Personnel Carriers coupled with the expertise of Police..
But the coming elections have apparently been threatening that peace. Recently, a supporter of ACN was reportedly shot in the leg by a yet to be apprehended political thug.
Comparatively, the level of violence in that state is relatively low to that of other states. While the PDP is struggling tooth and nail to win the state, the opposition has been told to keep off as their dream would remain unattainable.
Former Governor of the state, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu recently said, “PDP is jealous of Lagos. We have turned Lagos into a valuable and investment driven city.’’
Similarly, the Chairman of campaign publicity, Mr. Tunji Bello accused PDP thugs for attacking the campaign office of the deputy governor, Mrs Joke Orelope Adefulure at Idimu, adding: “What the PDP has resorted to is intimidation and violence against CAN’s determination to defend and protect Lagosians against violence.
There is no way violence could be absolutely avoided in the South-West in the forth coming elections. What the security agents- soldiers, police, security operatives and others should do is to help in limiting the incidents of killing during the elections and avoid changing the name of this zone from ‘wise wise west’ to the derogatory former name of ‘wild wild west’.

I do not understand your sagacity

Okey Ndibe has written a highly reflective piece describing his agony and struggles with the state of Nigeria and we get this highly pointless reposte...
What are we supposed to do with it? Expunge the import of Okey's note?

I must apologize at this point and confess that I did not go further than the first paragraph. I couldn't - and I'm glad I did not because I scrolled and scrolled ad nauseam before I reach the bottom of the article.

OK I've just gone back to try to understand the highly unusual and pointless
sagacity..... still no success... Please practice precise (with an accent on the first or last 'e') in subsequent write-ups...

Don't blame the Prof!

I don't blame Prof Ndibe for his dilly dallying write up! He needed to do that considering the fact that he was just considered an enemy of the state at the airport the other time, but then, we (those of us who sieve truth from writings such as this) know trully what he wrote about! Oyeyemi, E se gan oo! Ko ni tan ni be ooo! Are you of the Mesi Ogo stock? You gbaski 99%

One Nigeria? LIES OF ROGUES!

Honestly, Messr Oyeyemi, thanks a trillion! Your courage and vehement outpour tells me your descendants are of the mesi ogo stuck or better still Ondo - Ekiti (parapo). Anyway, you hit it right! I love Nigeria, I want one Nigeria, but it is high time we stop deceiving ourselves, people are suffering... and looters are filling their ranks!!! Haba! Democracy is for the people. It is high time we come to a round table and discuss if truly we are all happy being Nigerians! Nothing more, nothing less! Anyway, I don't blame Prof Ndibe for his dilly dallying write up! He needed to do that considering the fact that he was just considered an enemy of the state at the airport the other time, but then, we (those of us who sieves truth from writings such as this) know trully what he wrote about! Oyeyemi, E se gan oo! Ko ni tan ni be ooo! You gbaski 99%

My Bro You make more sense than all these professors!

My brother, your position truly, is more edifying than all the garbage intellectual rantings Okey and Remi are pouring out here! The Yoruba had their plebiscite opportunity after the release of Awolowo by Ojukwu from the Calabar prisons in 1967! What did they do with it? Join the anti-Biafra effort: corner the resources, properties, civil service, airports, commerce, education, and even diplomacy of the country for themselves! The Hausa/Fulanis had their opportunity after the Nzeogwu coup that massacred their deified leaders, but they chose instead to go for a misplaced retaliation against Igbos, in the hope to ethnically cleanse the North and set the table for Sharia.Indeed things are improving in Nigeria, as far as freedom of expression, governance, military leadership, etc. are concerned (only a fool cannot see that!).

@ Insha- Allah-Gbadamosi-For-Christ's-Sake ....Thanks

Your comment made a lot of sense.You just said what I was thinking.
@sir Peto,please don't be so proud of your ignorance,advocate for your republic and stop the superiority complex mirage as the write did on his article.

Democracy not necessarily the best

Democracy is not necessarily the best form of govt. So many countries dont practice democracy and things work for them. Examples include China, Qatar, UAE, etc.
If it's not working for us why not go for an alternative.
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Only looters still believe in Nigeria

Those who profit from Nigeria or are deluded or just too idealistic still believe in Nigeria.
And Arewa would survive better than other components. They lack the vices that threaten national development, ie, mindless superstition; personal corruption & immorality; mindless tribalism; a lack of political philosophy and conviction. The other components of post Nigeria especially Biafra should develop these before talking of splitting.
In reality, Nigeria as a political reality would disappear and we would have the same territory together but called something else like Republic of Songhai with a totally different orientation from the current insane mindset - the sort of mindset of the future would be what you'll currently have in Turkey or China or Nasser's Egypt- ie, a very nationalistic place with a strong man/nationalist at the helm. This is my honest prediction about the demise of Nigeria.


Making the best of our impossible situation CLEANSING THE DECADENT CORPSE

Last year in one of these online forums I advocated that:


If a group of people (who think it is their divine right to rule) have the guts to tell the president (who surrounds himself with the same people who have gotten us into the situation we are in) to vacate his seat; and with the southern Judas(es) parading themselves as our emancipators (ready to collect their 30 pieces of silver).

Is it not time to devolve power to the six individual regions through deliberations from THE SOVEREIGN NATIONAL CONFERENCE? This way we can avoid all these evil and deadly do or die machinations that are inherent in so much power being concentrated in the hands of one man.

Since then it has now entered another level:

 “Besides, even as Nigerian politicians are forced to drop some horrible habits, their diabolical dexterity enables them to acquire new, equally terrible – sometimes worse – habits. One of the new tricks this election season is for governors, often with the collusion of commissioners of police, to declare their states off-limits as campaign turfs to opposition candidates. Such illicit efforts to cripple the opposition has (sic) led to disturbing violence in Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Oyo, Plateau, and other states.” - - Remi Oyeyemi

Fela Kuti describes this situation as BEAST OF NO NATION; EGBE KEGBE (Bad societii):

*(2x- 2nd time with lead voc)

These disguising leaders ee-oh, na wah for dem [sax responses after each]
Dem-o hold meeting everywhere, dem reach America (2x stanza)

The description of the Nigerian State as a decadent “corpse” make us see that (making the best use of the situation we are in at the moment), our no. 1 priority should be CLEANSING OF THE NIGERIAN SYSTEM

More like the cleansing of the decadent “corpse” (hold on!! I’ll explain my oxymoron).


I will like to remind us of some statements I have read on internet media in the last week:

“We have to bring this system down completely and rebuild…Destroy it…Crash the whole thing. It is not working for Nigeria, it will not work for Nigeria.”
    – Dr. Pat Utomi

“taking a failed entity seriously, much like a man who unduly obsesses over a corpse.”  (Prof Okey Ndibe’s south African friend)

“Time To Destroy The Nigerian Temple?”   - Prof. Okey Ndibe

“With the title given to the piece in question, it was implied that Professor Ndibe probably was in the process of reassessing the feasibility of his belief in the possible resuscitation of the “corpse” of a country that Nigeria has unarguably become“,  - Remi Oyeyemi

“The “partisans” referred to by Professor Ndibe have never at any time claimed that “virtue inherently resides in the DNA of their ethnic stock.”  But these “partisans” have been able to properly analyze that if it were not for the Nigerian miasma, some of the vices and their protagonists in the Nigerian setting would not have been able to thrive“  - Remi Oyeyemi

I still think that we are all singing from the same hymn sheet, being that the entity called Nigeria (in the state that we see it):


Now,  breaking up Nigeria as it is, in it’s present state is what Fela Kuti describes as:

“Deady bodi geeti accident; confusion breaki bone; Na double wahala for deadi bodi and the owner of deady” bodi"

Why do we have to get rid of this contamination before we bury or decide not to bury THE DECADENT CORPSE called Nigeria?.

Whatever direction we go, the same zombies of the present Nigeria will follow. Be it Igbo, Yoruba; or Hausa, we need to leave these zombies behind (when I say Zombie I am not referring to the military) although they a substantial part of the rot; but all Nigerians who have deliberately deadened their conscience and contributing to the suffering of our people.

We have one person (everyone have their own right to doubt) who could get rid of this contamination, and that person is:


If that is all he does in four years; he should consider his destiny fulfilled, and Nigerians for generations to come will be thanking him.

Good write as always from RO.

Good write as always from RO. Some years back I commented on an article written by Okey Ndibe on the hopelessness of the Nigerian situation. I indeed question his motive for Nigeria. I then went further to question that if it were not more useful for ON to use his influence to campaign for a peaceful disolution of Nigeria which is the only viable alternative. Since then one has seen ON being on the forefront of a Nigerian parliament in exile. Talk of someone with too much spare time on his hands. This brings me to the recent furore generated by ON recent handling by the SSS. I had wondered if ON could have visited Nigeria if the likes of Abacha or Buhari was in power. Is chairing a parliament in exile not working against a country? It was my contention that ON knowingly travelled to Nigeria with tribesman, the weakling GEJ on the seat of power. ON weighed the risks and knew exactly the outcome.

As I stated above the only chance to salvage Nigeria is for the constituents to go their separate ways. After 50 years of forced nationhood, Nigerians are not coming close to being a unified people. The same politics of enslavement of minorities especiually the Niger Delta is being played by the Yoruba and the Hausa. Look at the top presidential candidates and the running mates. It is always an Hausa and a Yoruba. I must say here that Buhari is the great chamelion who has no regard for the south. He could only played tricks on youruba because he needs them to maintain his stranglehood on power. Nigeria must be a big joke where you find a pastor who claims to be radical running behind Buhari. These people are always good for a surprise.

This is one of the best

This is one of the best essays I have read in the recent times. Remi hit the nail on the head.

The hallucinatory deceits that have been continuously peddled by the elites as a reason for a unity of the Nigerian state does not hold any water in the face of the contagious under-development, stagnancy and the ethnic violence that the complexity of our nation presents.

There is a need for a plebiscite or a sovereign national conference to determine the future of the ethnic nationalities within out nation. An avoidance of this is simply an indication that we are not ready to resurrect the corpse that is now Nigeria. Good job,Remi!

GIve me a break Pat Utomi

"We have to bring this system down completely and rebuild…Destroy it…Crash the whole thing. It is not working for Nigeria, it will not work for Nigeria.”
– Dr. Pat Utomi

Yet Pat Utomi has just resigned from the presidential race and pitched his tent with Shekaru, a man who is the architect of Sharia law.

Let's crash the system indeed.

Sometimes, these people can not even hide their hypocrisy . Everyday we continue to see that the 'younger' generation of 'politicians' in Nigeria, are really no different from the 'older' ones who they are quick to condem.

I hope Mr. Utomi understand that this is the end of his political career, if he ever had any.



Okey was just playing to the gallery when he argued that "Nigeria go survive". He is a thorobred Biafran ready to "die for Biafra" . Oyeyemi, the writer also wants an Yoruba country but feels hurt that Okey implies that Yoruba's have virtue in their DNA. He should not be hurt.

An Igbo man is entitled to rain curses on the Yoruba any day any time any where. In fact if Yoruba start secession, Igbo should simply forget Biafra but join the Fulanis to conquer them in retaliation for Yoruba "treachery" in Biafra war.

Both of you are behaving like the ostrich. There are three Fulanis asking for Nigeria's Presidency right now. None of them promises to accommodate a Biafra or a Yoruba Country. Face the current issue!
If we succeed in having a fair just and prosperous nigeria after the elections you can continue your Yorubas-Igbo rivalry again.

lets part ways

Can Biafra survive without Nigeria,because the Yoruba nation can and will survive without nigeria.Envy,lack of national leaders,disunity and love of money will doom Biafra nation.Its a documented fact that Arewa can never survive without nigeria,if nigeria part ways today the parasites Arewa would be begging the UN for food supply.

Nigeria needs Peace and Unity first, more than anything else....

Nigeria needs peace and unity more than anything else, first before having a success in democracy.
There is no basis for democracy in Nigeria. Nigeria is not one country, many countries, not united and most of all, there is too much hatred between various units of nationalities in Nigeria, yearning for independence, asking for a right to Self Determination and wanting to steer their futures by themselves. This is a reality that makes Nigeria look like a pressure cooker on a hot plate. The entire Southern Protectorate's indigenes want a fiscal Nigerian federation as it used to be when groundnut, cocoa and palm oil were the main source of revenue, and that was when Nigeria was one Nigeria. The Igbo pogrom killed one Nigeria ,the civil war buried that concept and there was no genuine reconciliatory effort towards peace and unity. Instead, the Northern Military lords divided the North and South Protectorates, for their own benefits, into thirty six pieces of states. A military doctored constitution and these states were imposed, willy nilly, on the ethnic units under force of arms and intimidation. Both measures favoured the Northern Protectorate and the South West but very much disadvantaged the South-South and South East states, mainly politically. The marginalized ethnic groups are loud vocal supporters of a Sovereign national conference, SNC, of all the different ethnic nationalities in Nigeria to address their ills. But the Northern Protectorate leaders and their favoured South West co-victors stand akimbo to close all doors and windows to SNC. Why? Because SNC will likely return the confiscated land, creek, river, sea and resources in South-South and South East to their rightful natural owners.SNC would re-install fiscal federation that was scraped off from the doctored constitution for reasons of conquest. Eastern minority states have been trampled upon for a long time, every family there lives in fear, every youth there is a target of extra-judicial murder by the state apparatus, SS-men, who are everywhere hunting for supporters of SNC and agitators of a fiscal federalism. Thus, there are too many killings, too many kidnappings and much unrest ever since the day Ken Saro Wiwa and his Ogoni men were murdered. Structural imbalance are stii on, hatred between the federating units are still on.So Nigeria is a very unstable ground for a democracy.
Democracy needs to grow and flourish on a firm, hard and solid ground, on a united platform. Nigeria is built on different platforms, some porous, others fragile, indeed very unsuitable for a democracy to take off.
Let us prepare Nigerian ground first and make it fertile for a democracy to germinate, grow and flourish by convening a sovereign national conference. A sovereign national conference SNC is all we need to do in this respect. SNC shall produce a Nation, made in Africa. All the various ethnic groups will be proud to belong to it. There shall be a genuine citizenry, a genuine leadership and a genuine constitution. It is sad to remember that President Obasonjo (OBJ) did not understand why he was advised on convening a sovereign national conference SNC. He messed it up like he used to, in everything he does because of ignorance. President Jonathan's stand on SNC leaves me wondering why a former University don is another ignoramus at ASO Rock. There has to be SNC b/4 democracy take off in Nigeria. There has to be a unification process to bring all the different ethnic groups on a conference table to agree on how to be together as one country or as two, three or more countries with economic benefits on a solid plate. Such SNC is needed for putting a hard crusting on the 1914 amalgamation. Long live a fiscal federation.Long live good justice and fairness.

Ezeigwe na ogidi 1 Rascal

What has being Yoruba got to do with the truths being presented to us by Remi? You, Ezeigwe, you're the rascal.

The time it takes an average

The time it takes an average yoruba in unwittingly critising others unnecessarily can actually be devoted to creative ingenuity and become useful for once for Nigeria and for themselves. Lazy rascals.